MANILA, Philippines – Recognizing the valor of its fallen, the Philippine National Police (PNP) handed out P10-million* worth of assistance to the surviving kin of cops killed during the 5-month Marawi City siege.
According to the PNP, it conferred assistance worth P10,460,000 to the families of 7 killed policemen, namely:
- Chief Inspector Fredie Solar
- Inspector Edwin Placido
- Police Officer 1 (PO1) Junaid Mama
- PO3 Alexis Mangaldan
- PO1 Moises Kimayong
- PO2 Alexis Laurente
- PO3 Daniel Tegwa
Each of their families received P250,000 in cash, and almost P1.5 million in benefits, the PNP tallied. The announcement was made a day after the anniversary of the battle, which began on May 23, 2017.
They are among 165 who were killed in the conflict. (WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor)
Who are they? Fredie Solar was the head of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s drug enforcement group, slain during an operation against the Islamic State (ISIS)-inspired terrorists. Edwin Placido was the Marawi deputy police chief, among the first to be killed when the siege erupted.
Junaid Mama is listed among cops who died in action during the reclamation efforts.
Mangaldan, Kimayong, Laurente, and Tegwa are the 4 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers killed in different main battle area operations. (READ: Fallen but not forgotten: The 4 SAF troopers killed in Marawi) – Rappler.com
*1$ = P52.54